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Random / Learning to fly - Warning - Goofy Drone Stuff
« on: March 07, 2017, 02:25:41 AM »
Spring is finally breaking here in the Gorge.  We usually get super mild winters with very little snow but almost 100 inches in Hood River this year :).  My SSD card and reader finally arrived last week for my new drone.  This is the first drone i have ever owned (or flown) and man am I having a great time with it.  I entered midstream, with the tech already being incredibly refined. It was the video / photo capabilities that hooked me in but the flying makes all of that more interesting and challenging.

Here are a few clips from this week shot in 5.2K RAW.  I uploaded at 4K so check that out if your connection allows.  Uploading at 4K may be a mistake.  That resolution looks fine but the lower res options seem to fare worse than usual.  I am learning a lot on each outing.  So, here's to the process:

Random / The road to 5G
« on: February 22, 2017, 04:45:54 AM »
Pretty cool to see Gigabit phones and mobile networks coming online.

Mobile networks that have the capacity exceed the static broadband networks ramping up from now.  While that is an exciting prospect for immediate usability, 5G is supposed to have a decided standard this year with real implementation by 2020.  It always takes a while for these things to ramp up to near the promised numbers, but even so, this is a monumental shift.

It is fun to theorize what types of products and processes will arise from that level of moving data at near real time speeds.  Devices communicating with one another with negligible latency.  That will be the normal for the next generation. 

Random / Brutality
« on: February 10, 2017, 07:40:06 AM »

Random / Google Timelapse
« on: November 30, 2016, 06:45:03 AM »
This is incredible.  Check out your area over time.  Google just did a massive overhaul of this feature with petabytes of new data.  Watch the trees vanish.  Here is Hood River:,-121.52146,10,latLng&t=3.24

Random / High Speed Video
« on: November 26, 2016, 07:53:17 AM »
21,650 fps, $2500 price tag.  The video is had to take your eyes off of.  Man, is that hummingbird beautiful.

Foil SUP / Kai Lenny Foil Open Ocean SUP & Prone Surfing
« on: September 15, 2016, 04:57:46 AM »
Kai Lenny is making this look way too fun!

General Discussion / Apple Watch just got interesting
« on: September 08, 2016, 05:06:10 AM »
"Swimproof", GPS without phone, Bluetooth Music without phone.  Add some wireless waterproof earbuds and that has promise for a nice SUP kit.

General Discussion / Kai Lenny Surf Foil - Happening Fast Now
« on: July 05, 2016, 12:29:46 PM »

Random / Wanna go to Mars?
« on: June 11, 2016, 01:08:36 PM »
If you are becoming tired of the Bum/Anti-Bum debate here on the zone and need a break :), how about a trip to Mars? Incredible NASA Curiosity Rover imagery and an amazing 360 viewer.

Random / Simulation or Reality (AI VR Thread Warning)
« on: June 06, 2016, 06:29:43 PM »
Are we living in a simulation?  Musk puts the odds as a billion to one that we are.

Random / Top Grossing US Corporations
« on: June 06, 2016, 07:13:33 AM »
At first, it is the Walmart # that bowls you over, but there is plenty to ponder in this list.

Here's the whole list:

General Discussion / Recent Posts / Topics
« on: May 08, 2016, 07:36:57 AM »
We have added a Recent Topics block at the bottom of each page.  This had been a feature request that (I hope) will not cause usability issues.  Note that both "recent topics" and "recent posts" can be collapsed using the -/+ boxes at the right of each block.  I am hoping that our recent update will make this workable on all devices, but please let me know if this causes display or usability issues.

Classifieds / Free Classifieds - Please read before posting
« on: May 07, 2016, 09:12:03 AM »
Yup, They're back :).  Forum based, free classifieds.  This is live for use now. 

Please read the restrictions below and please use the contact form if you are unsure if you should be posting in this area. 

This area is for the resale of personal use gear only.  Zoners who are associated with SUP related businesses, brands, shops, travel businesses, reps, team riders, owners, etc. should not post classifieds.  Exception: Site sponsors are welcome to post classifieds.

General Discussion / Site updates
« on: May 07, 2016, 06:19:04 AM »
Hi guys,

We are working on updating the site today.  There may be a few hiccups along the way.  One database update created some issues and I needed to restore from a backup.  The backup was a couple of hours old so we lost a handful of early morning posts.  Apologies for that.  We will try to keep this quick and painless.

General Discussion / Another Oregon SUP drowning
« on: May 02, 2016, 02:49:24 PM »

So sad to see this.  Even with all of these 80 and 90 degree days, the water is still 53. 

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